|No. of offices||7|
|No. of attorneys||290|
|Major practice areas||M&A, commercial law, structured finance|
|Key people||Helmuth Lutz, Christian Hootz and Martin Hirsch|
|Revenue||€130 million (2008)|
Gleiss Lutz is a German law firm founded in Stuttgart in 1949 by Alfred Gleiss. Gleiss' initial partner, Arved Deringer, left in 1961 to form his own firm, now part of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Gleiss was joined in 1962 by partners Helmuth Lutz, Christian Hootz and Martin Hirsch in the expanded partnership, Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch.
Brussels was chosen as location for the firm's second office, established in 1963, in 1990, the firm launched in Berlin and Frankfurt, expanding beyond the niche of antitrust to become a full-service law firm. The firm expanded its German coverage by adding a Munich office in 2001, a Düsseldorf office in 2009 as well as a Hamburg office in 2010.
Gleiss Lutz currently employs 280 attorneys in 7 offices in Germany and Brussels. Its revenues in 2008 were €130 million.
Gleiss Lutz expanded into Central and Eastern Europe following the fall of the Iron Curtain when German companies quickly became large investors in those countries. In co-operation with local law firms, the firm currently provides services in Prague and Warsaw. Gleiss Lutz at that point aspired to build a pan-European practice. In 1998, the firm announced it was to merge with Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot, a Dutch law firm. However, senior partners in the firm blocked the merger. It also briefly explored merger talks with Freshfields (which instead merged with Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober, and Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund). In 2000, Gleiss Lutz formed an alliance with UK's Herbert Smith, with Stibbe from the Netherlands joining in 2002. In November 2011, Herbert Smith announced it will terminate the alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe by the end of 2012, after the European outfits voted against a merger.
- Advised Merck KGaA (alongside Simpson Thacher & Bartlett) in its unsuccessful bid for Schering AG, a pharmaceutical company that was ultimately acquired by Bayer for €16.4 billion (March 2006).
- Legal counsel, alongside Herbert Smith, Stibbe and Chadbourne & Parke to Fortune Brands in its £2.6 billion acquisition of Allied Domecq beverage company (January 2006).
- Represented, alongside Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the Blackstone Group in its €3.1 billion acquisition of chemical company Celanese AG (December 2003).
- Provided legal advice alongside Jones Day and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson to Procter & Gamble Company in its €6.5 billion acquisition of Wella cosmetic suppliers (March 2003).
- Advised the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in the acquisition of a 45% stake in the electric utility company EnBW from EDF for €4.7 billion. The deal was ruled unconstitutional by the state constitutional court in October 2011 because it was not put to the state parliament for a vote (December 2010)
- Represented members of the Bundestag, Peter Danckert and Swen Schulz, in their lawsuit challenging the right of a parliamentary subcommittee to make decisions on the use of EFSF funds on behalf of the plenary.
- "Profile". Gleiss Lutz. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
- Salz, Jürgen (February 13, 2010), "Die Schattenmänner", Wirtschaftswoche 2010 (7): 40–46 (German).
- "Gleiss Lutz has pulled out of the Czech Republic and Poland". The Lawyer. December 2, 2008.
- "Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe Simont consider merger". IFLR. October 1, 1998.
- "Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe terminate alliance". Legal Week. December 22, 2011.
- "Gleiss in government negligence case". The Lawyer. January 2, 2012.
- "Verfassungsgericht stoppt Geheimgremium zur Euro-Rettung", Spiegel Online, October 28, 2011 (German)